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Agony and uncertainty loom over the hotel sector after 4/21

Views - 99 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

By Amaranath Cumaraswamy It is almost two months after the Easter Sunday massacre, Sri Lanka and its people have been jolted out of the peaceful environment they have been enjoying, by the brutal act of misguided individuals on a journey of mythical


To be a child is to be a dreamer

Views - 206 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

One in a hundred! That is how many children in Sri Lanka are in child labour, skipping out on regular schooling. These young ones and teenagers are foregoing basic education or tertiary level vocational skill-set attainment; unwittingly pushed and pu


Keep it clean: A reflection

Views - 1238 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:00

A Colombo taxi driver informed a customer that he was a Muslim. It sounded like an apology. His two previous hires had been cancelled after his cultural identity had been guessed. In the hill-country, a group of persons got into a heated argument wi


Nationalism helps democracy to survive, but only up to a limit

Views - 6289 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:20

Claim that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country Sri Lanka is hailed by many, mainly by those who are ethnically Sinhalese and religion-wise Buddhists, as a Sinhala-Buddhist country. This is not an arrangement which it has got under its Constitutio


Gubernatorial and Ministerial resignations, monks and law

Views - 250 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:18

The resignation en masse of two Muslim governors and all Muslim ministers and deputies is an unprecedented political act in the history of Sri Lankan democracy and Muslim politics. If they had not relinquished their privileges yet, as some reports s


The presidential hopefuls – Have they not read Article 43?

Views - 1306 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:16

The national poll for the election of the next president is required to be held between 8 November and 8 December this year. Since the incumbent President has now indicated that he might not be seeking re-election, Sri Lanka’s next president will a


Are we a country without ethics, a moral code and shame?

Views - 412 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:14

The saying ‘dogs may bark but the caravan moves on’ is found in many languages from the Middle East to India. In Turkish and Azerbaijani, it rhymes [it ürür, kervan yürür (in Turkish), and it hürər, karvan keçər (in Azerbaijani)], sugg


‘For your eyes only’ or ‘eyes only’?

Views - 135 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:10

If one phrase sticks out from the babel of voices that followed the chaos of 21 April, it surely is ‘eyes only’. ‘Men only,’ ‘tourists only,’ ‘invitees only,’ we are familiar with the diktat explicit in the words, but ‘eyes only’?


A message to the Sri Lankan Cricket team at the World Cup

Views - 1373 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

At the time of writing Sri Lanka has played two matches and have won a piece and drawn one due to rain, however going forward the team from the Emerald isle needs to pull up their socks or will have to leave in a hurry, if they do not get their act t


Are plantations really in control of their organisational culture?

Views - 333 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan plantation industry has undergone some drastic management transformations over the last 60 years, which has impacted its performance at present. This is not to downplay the significant changes to external factors and internal socioeco


Who killed the Airbus A380?

Views - 1201 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

As American author Mark Twain remarked in 1897, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” The Airbus A380, flagship of the world’s largest airliner manufacturer and culmination of an estimated $ 16 billion development program, is alive and


Learn lessons from Sri Lanka attack to prevent future attacks

Views - 242 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:10

‘Israel never hesitated to share intelligence with the relevant authority’ – Schweitzer


Putrefaction and end

Views - 782 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:15

As the President has abandoned his earlier decision to consult the Supreme Court opinion on the commencement of his official term, it is now clear that the Presidential Election will be held on 7 December. While nearing a Presidential Election, the


Cardinal blunders should worry the Catholics

Views - 1544 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:11

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith seems to be loving the limelight and the glow, however spooky, of politics. I have pointed out before how His Eminence has a penchant for popping up in public affairs when he shouldn’t and avoiding intervention when he shou


Colombo could be the maiden smart city in South Asia

Views - 460 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Shenzhen, in economic terms, is the fourth largest city in mainland China. Located in Pearl River Delta between Guangzhou and Hong Kong, it is one of the youngest of Chinese cities too. Its history goes back only to 40 years. Shenzhen officially beca


Wolf culture of Huawei

Views - 521 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:00

Against all odds, Huawei has emerged out of bloodbath in the mammoth Chinese smartphone market unprecedentedly by achieving a 41% surge whilst its peers including Apple were deeply immersed in the red. Apple is the biggest casualty and plunged 30% fo


De-bureaucratise bureaucracy – Combat soft terrorism for growth!

Views - 190 Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:00

I know this can be a difficult topic and a difficult set of words to digest but I believe that this is an imperative tool if we are to move ahead in this island of ours. Cost of inefficiency has to be turned around for opportunity through action. Af


Are you ready to combat fraud?

Views - 398 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

Fraud has become one of the most worrying factors in recent times for business owners, board directors, senior members of management and even regulators. The increasing number of frauds in some markets over the recent past, significant loss of value


Environment and the world

Views - 95 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 1


Keeping track of our State enterprises

Views - 224 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

The Government is currently in the rather confused state of having lost track of the number of State enterprises it runs. While the Ministry of Finance tracks the financials of 55 key SOEs, the Government does not have an official number for the ent


When fake news and targeted misinformation rule the day

Views - 337 Wednesday, 5 June 2019 00:00

In Sri Lanka, fabricated stories posing as serious journalism is gradually becoming the order of the day, and is not likely to go away as they have become a means for some unscrupulous writers to make money and potentially influence public opinion fo


Sri Lanka: The meat in the sandwich? Nero fiddles while a major conspiracy is unfolding

Views - 587 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

The undisputed current super power and the undisputed emerging super power appear to be adopting diametrically opposite strategies for the former to remain the super power and the latter to emerge as the next super power.


Demonisation and criminalisation of religions

Views - 202 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Like the air pervading the whole planet, nationalism is both omnipresent and impalpable. It interpenetrates the psyche and the minds of every individual. This behaviour can be seen as both conservative and as a revolutionary force, threating the stat


How Facebook fights false news

Views - 163 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Facebook was built to connect people and give them the power to build community. Around the world, we’ve seen Facebook used to bridge language, cultural and socioeconomic barriers, and give small business owners new economic opportunities. But we a


Institutionalise macro policy to make it sustainable: Dr. Coomaraswamy

Views - 4133 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:20

Delivering the first memorial oration of the late A.S. Jayawardena in Colombo last week, the incumbent Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy emphasised the need for institutionalising the macroeconomic policy being presently pursued by the


Asia Power Index 2019: What does it say about Sri Lanka’s regional position?

Views - 541 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:18

The latest edition of the Lowy Institute’s ‘Asia Power Index’ provides an insightful picture of the power dynamics shaping the Asia-Pacific region, with many interesting takeaways for Sri Lankan political leaders, bureaucrats and businesses. O


A clear message to the nation

Views - 130 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The timely intervention of the religious dignitaries of our country in the extremely burning issue regarding the proposed agreements with the US brings in some consolation amidst the prevailing desperation. It is heartening to note that important re


A combined dose of ginger and chilies

Views - 287 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is in a strategic location of the Indian Ocean. Throughout the history of Sri Lanka there were foreign interventions. Sri Lanka was invaded constantly by the foreign forces from south India initially and later by European forces. In certain


In search of sensible Sri Lankans: Seeking tranquillity amid turbulences

Views - 434 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy witnessed many a calamity, confusion and chaos. The need to rebuild trust among communities amidst the mistrust among politicians, has become crucial. In the absence of one voice from the ruling front, soli


Power napping

Views - 291 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

A ‘power nap’ on a working day recharges you for greater productivity and performance. Have a few bean bags in your office, create a quite napping corner, actively encourage your staff to take short ‘power naps’. When people are expected to w


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Will the real JVP – Joke; Vital cog; Party poopers – please stand up?

Thursday, 22 August 2019

THE REDS ON THE GREEN HAVE TAKEN THE LIE OF THE LAND – and it is a highly-publicised stand, being the largest political rally of late. It’s a red flag planted claiming a space in the electoral pantheon, which is open to a plethora of interpretati


Amendment of People’s Bank Act: Any sinister motive?

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Parliament of Sri Lanka is scheduled to debate a Bill presented by the Minister of Finance on 24 May and Published as Bill No. 282 in the Gazette (erroneously dated as 9 July 2018). The legal effect of this Bill is stated as follows: nClause 2: This


Solar power can save country from blackouts

Thursday, 22 August 2019

The country faced country-wide power-cuts (except Colombo) in March when electricity generated failed to meet the demand, as the current Government failed to establish even a single major power generation plant or even award for construction. Heavy r


Emerging signals of a US recession

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

US stocks plunge on fears of an economic downturn Last week’s turbulence in financial markets was a reaction to the fresh evidence of a possible recession in the US economy. The Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped a whopping 800 points or 3% last


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